The most frequent question people ask me when I talk to tourists about Montreal is whether or not speaking French is required to visit here. The truth is you can easily get around town even if you don’t know any French. Most locals are bilingual to a certain degree; however, getting to know a little French might be a good idea, especially if you’re planning on a longer visit, or if you simply want to enjoy and make the most of Montreal’s French culture, an essential part of the city’s past and present. Read the full story to know how to avoid bringing your ugly yellow “French for Dummies” book with you to Montreal.
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Montreal is literally bursting with ethnic restaurants. In fact, you can try a huge range of ethnic delights from over 80 different countries and regions, and more often than not, you can fill up for less than $10!
In Montreal, many people are into learning about other cultures. Movie lovers are no exception. For English speakers interested in French cinema, we have just the festival for you. CINEMANIA features French films shown with English subtitles. It’s been around for 15 years and has played host to such internationally acclaimed artists as Juliette Binoche, Isabelle Huppert, Patrice Lecomte, Emmanuelle Béart, and Bertrand Tavernier. To celebrate their 15th anniversary, they’ve selected some of the best movies made in French over the past year, and have invited one of the world’s most famous directors and provocateurs of the film world as a special guest. Read the full story to find out how you can catch the Canadian premiere of Costa-Gavras’ latest film and check out his master class on filmmaking and the creative process.
Notre-Dame Street is Montreal’s antique shopping haven. A stroll between Guy and Atwater will take you on a walk back in time with more than 50 antique shops populating a one mile stretch, making it one of Canada’s highest concentrations of antiques and decoration shops.
TOHU is a non-profit organization that was born ten years ago, an initiative of different institutions from the Montreal circus arts scene, including En Piste (the National Association of Circus Arts), the National Circus School and Cirque du Soleil. Read the full story to know how you could catch tomorrow’s next Cirque du Soleil.
Montreal is known for having hot dogs that are just ever so slightly different from those you find in the rest of Canada or the USA. And so, to really put the dog to the test, I called on Tom Johansmeyers, a New York-based blogger for Gadling and self-proclaimed hot dog expert.
Montreal Fashion Week is right around the corner again, which means plenty of amazing shows to attend at the well-known Bonsecours Market. Personally, I love the fact that Fashion Week unravels in historic Old Montreal, giving it a unique touch of European glam. But what I love even more is that Montreal Fashion Week is so accessible for people who are not fashion industry professionals!
That’s right. We’re giving away a weekend getaway to Montréal – and the contest is open right now! And just when you thought it couldn’t get sweeter, there’s more. I am personally going to guide the lucky visitor around Montréal! Find out how to win…
There are many different ways to let art express itself, and it’s not always a matter of finding the appropriate museum or art gallery. I think the young generation from the Montreal design and art scenes understood that pretty clearly; that’s why a bunch of them created a collective called ART & DESIGN MONTREAL, dedicated to promote local creative minds on an international scale. Read the full story to know more about two very exciting projects happening in Montreal at the moment.
Have you heard of the French Paradox? Several different studies have tried to figure out why French people are slimmer than Americans, despite the fact that they eat more fat from animal sources and drink more wine.